Sanity Savers: Pop Up Cards

Sponsored by: M&T Bank

Written by: Julia McMahon
Lead Play to Learn Facilitator

Sanity Savers: Pop Up Cards


Paper that fits inside the envelope when folded in half
Paper for drawing
Pencil, crayons, markers, and/or colored pencils
Glue stick 


Set up: 5 minutes
Active: 10-30 minutes 

Academic Subject(s):

English Language Arts, Visual Arts, Math   


Step 1: Draw a picture and color it. This will be the piece that pops out from your card.

Sanity Savers: Pop Up Cards

Step 2: Cut out the picture.

Step 3: Fold the paper that will become your card, in half, as shown.

Sanity Savers: Pop Up Cards

Step 4: Cut two slits in the middle of the folded end. They should be perpendicular to the fold and parallel to each other.  The strip in the middle should be narrower than the bottom of your picture.

Sanity Savers: Pop Up Cards

Step 5: Open up the card and push the middle strip to the inside of the card. Close the card and flatten in out.  When you open it, it should look like this:

Sanity Savers: Pop Up Cards

When closed, it should look like this:

Sanity Savers: Pop Up Cards

Step 6: Draw and color the background (the inside of the card) and write a message.  This is also a good time to decorate the front of the card.

Step 7: Glue the bottom of the picture and attach it to one side of the middle strip. The bottom of the picture should just touch the point where the middle strip meets the rest of the card, as shown.

Tip: Allow the glue to dry before closing the card! 

Vocabulary Words

Parallel: side by side lines that are the same distance apart and never cross each other
Perpendicular: at a 90 degree angle to a given line (in this case, the fold of the card)
Horizontal line: line that runs left to right (not up and down)  

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